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Posted 19 December 2006 - 02:45 PM

Hello Guys and Gals,
My blood pressure is always low...usually around the 110/80.
Lately it's been around 96/70. I have a blood pressure monitor and I take it randomly. Does anyone know just how low is too low and what that really means? I worry because I do have ILD.

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 03:11 PM

My blood pressure has run around 90/60 all of my life and since that's normal, no one gets concerned. There have been a couple times over the past year where it was measured at 85/50 and the nurse offered me a B12 shot (jokingly). When I get my infusions, but hour 3 it's usually around the 85/50 mark, but once I get up and move around, it goes back to normal (my normal).
I don't know what is considered "dangerously low", but I'll see if I can find out.
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Posted 19 December 2006 - 05:11 PM

That's a very good question, Jennifer. As I understand it, normal blood pressure is anywhere from 90 to 120 systolic, and 60 to 80 diastolic. So 96/70 would be perfectly normal.

Also, there's no magic number that is "too low" for low blood pressure. Rather, it is only considered to be problematical when people develop symptoms due to it.

I have labile hypertension with orthostatic intolerance. So I have high blood pressure that is all over the road, varying an awful lot from one minute to the next. And, when I stand up, or stand up too long, my blood pressure takes a sudden plunge, so low that it is unreadable. But, it is only problematical when it causes symptoms (like lightheadness, dizziness, or severe fatigue afterwards.)

Ideal blood pressure is actually below 100/70, and people with readings below that are likely to live long and free of heart attacks and stroke.

But be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have over changes in your blood pressure readings. And also be sure to synchronize your blood pressure device with your doctor's -- take it in on your next office visit. Your doctor (or nurse) will take your bp with your device and theirs, and compare the readings. Sometimes the differences in readings are just due to faulty equipment or the wrong size cuff, or a variance in technique.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 07:26 AM

Hi Jen,

I too have to keep a close watch on my blood pressure. My first rheumatologist said to keep a close eye on it because of the med's. I am on. I believe Calcium Channel Blockers is one that makes mine go low. I take Trental and Norvasc.

For a while my readings were 70/60. All I wanted to do was sleep. Then one day it was 58/40. I freaked out!! I went to the doctor and he put me on Fludricortisone. Now my readings are staying around 100/80 and I feel alot better in that aspect.

I never really got a direct answer as to what exactly your blood pressure should be. I guess it varies from person to person as to the their history....but the nurse made a comment about being concerned if the 2nd number was under 60.


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Posted 31 December 2006 - 05:42 PM

Thank you ladies, for the helpful information. Maybe that's one reason I am tired all the time.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 03:00 AM

Jennifer........my son has had orthostatic hypotension for years. His BP is normal
(110/80) but drops very low whenever he gets out of bed or stands from a sitting position. At times, his knees will bunckle under him or he will have to grab on to something while the room stops spinning. They told me to have him drink a "sports drink" or take OTC med. They are basically a salt tablet.....ask your doctor first in case they would interfer with your other meds. They help him better than the sports drink. Take care, Everyone.